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Fonuts

8104 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
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  • Sun., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Mon.-Thu., 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat., 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • $
  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • No Alcohol
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Not Accepted
The name Fonuts implies "faux," but there's nothing ersatz, derivative or watered down about pastry chef's Waylynn Lucas' upscale doughnut shop. The minimalist shop is nearly bare, except where it counts: the doughnut selection. There is the standard American fast-food doughnut: light, airy and raised or thick and cakey, but deep-fried in either case. Fonuts are another species altogether. These are closer to miniature cakes pressed into doughnut form: Soft and moist, they crumble apart in large, tender chunks. The faux doughnuts at Fonuts are never too sweet or too dense, and they're made with good stuff. The zing of fresh fruit comes through in the lemon doughnut, glazed in a slightly tart white icing flecked with lemon zest, and in the subtle strawberry buttermilk. It's hard to go wrong with banana and chocolate, perhaps one of the best flavor combos known to humanity, but Fonuts goes very, very right with gooey chunks of banana and ample nuggets of chocolate. Standouts among the 16 flavors include rum, chocolate hazelnut and, finally, the fresh, chewy, savory-sweet bacon maple doughnut this city deserves. The peanut butter and jelly, a golf ball-sized nugget dusted with powdered sugar and filled with a thick, sweet paste of PBJ, is a thing of beauty. The most popular flavors sell out by noon.

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